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THE FOLLOWING ARE MANDATORY WHEN DRIVING IN NORWAY AND MUST BE CARRIED IN THE VEHICLE AT ALL TIMES:
• VEHICLE REGISTRATION DOCUMENT
• LETTER OF AUTHORITY TO DRIVE, IF YOU ARE NOT THE OWNER OF THE VEHICLE
• CURRENT M.O.T. CERTIFICATE
• CURRENT CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE (MULTI-LINGUAL ON REVERSE)
• PHOTOCARD DRIVING LICENCE OR INTERNATIONAL DRIVING PERMIT, IF YOUR DRIVING LICENCE DOES NOT HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH, A PASSPORT IS NEEDED TO VALIDATE THE DRIVING LICENCE.
• SPARE BULB KIT
• WARNING TRIANGLE
• FIRST AID KIT
• INTERNATIONAL ACCIDENT DECLARATION FORM

Children in cars:
Children under 4 cannot travel unless they use a rear-facing child seat.

Lights:
Dipped headlights are compulsory at all times.

Drinking and Driving:
Don't do it. Norway has very strict drink driving laws, only allowing 0.1milligrams of alcohol per litre of blood - stricter than the UK where the limit is 0.4, and the strictest in Europe. The limit is very low (equivalent to a small glass of wine or half a pint of weak beer). Anything over 0.02 per cent and you could face anything up to imprisonment.

Seat Belts:
The use of fitted seat belts is compulsory for persons over 3 years of age. Failure to comply with these rules may result in a fine of 450 NOK.

Visibility Vests:
These are now compulsory throughout the EU. if you need to walk on a motorway. You don't have to carry one, but if you breakdown on the motorway you will be breaking the law if you walk to an emergency phone without one. A suitable high visibility vest is supplied by Advanced Safety Products and conforms to BS EN471: 1994 Class 2.

Fines:
Please note that on the spot fines are payable for infringing minor traffic regulations. Ensure the officer collecting the fine issues an official receipt.

Parking:
Parking meters operate in the main towns. Parking metres are differentiated as follows: Yellow = one-hour, Grey = two-hour, Brown = three-hour. Use parking lights during darkness in poorly lit streets. The impounding of cars is likely for illegally parked cars.

Speed limits:
As shown below. Be warned - the Norwegians like their radar traps!

Motorways = 90km/h
Dual Carriageways = 80km/h
Open Road = 80kph
Towns = 50 km/h.

Tolls (Not Trolls!!):
Tolls are often charged in Norway as a way of financing the construction of new roads and tunnels. Toll charges can range from 15 kr right up to 300 kr on some west coast routes. Toll stations are well organised with lanes for automatic payment or manned booths.Although there are no blanket tolls on Norwegian roads, some sections of road, some bridges and tunnels, are subject to tolls. City tolls, varying from (in 2003) 15 kroner in Oslo to 5 in Bergen (Free in Bergen at weekends) are payable by motorists entering Bergen, Oslo, Stavanger and Trondheim. The Motorway is known as Motorveien.

There are a number of toll roads in Norway; these are predominantly the link roads to major towns and cities.
There are many toll stations in Norway, and almost all of them are automatic. Make sure to register your credit card or buy credit in advance on Autopass’ Visitors’ Payment.

Information supplied by: http://www.visitnorway.com

Final thoughts:
Between October and March cars are legally required to be fitted with winter tyres with metal studs. However, they do make driving somewhat noisy, but they really do make a difference. If you are not used to driving in areas where ice and snow covers the road during a major portion of the winter, then you should exercise extreme caution while driving in Norway in the colder part of the year. Snow chains are important if you are travelling in the country. The major roads are kept clear but don't let that lull you into a false sense of security. Where the wind blows across the carriageway drifts can quickly build up.

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